What We Read: October 2016

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October came and went so quickly that I am just now sitting down to see what we read last month. I have never been good about tracking our "read" books - until this school year. I have a Master Checklist for our school work on which I include the books the girls are reading as well as how many pages/chapters they are expected to read daily. This list/schedule has been a real lifesaver for me! Plus, if I remember, I try to post my books and read-alouds on Goodreads. Here's what we read in … [Read more...]

What We Read: September 2016

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Earlier this week I shared 3 booklists for my 3rd grader, which is a compilation of living books my oldest will be reading through this school year. I truly enjoy seeing what people read and getting book recommendations for myself and my girls, so I thought I'd share with you the books we read in September. Read-Alouds We have read-aloud times throughout the day, but breakfast is consistently the best time for us. Last month, we read 2 books together exclusively during that 30 minute … [Read more...]

A Sing-Along Alphabet Book for Children {Review}

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By far our favorite part of the day is Read-Aloud time. As I select books for our children, I'm guided by the verse from Philippians 4:8 -- Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. We only have a limited time with our children, so it's important that we're reading books that instill goodness, truth, and … [Read more...]

Read Better, Not More Books in 2015 (+ My Book List)

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Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, but it's something I really have to make time for or it doesn't happen at all. Unless I'm intentional about taking time to read, then many days may pass by without picking up a book. There are just too many distractions. But, oh, how much we grow when we make reading a regular part of our daily routines! The caveat, of course, is that we must read books that promote and encourage growth, for we all know that not all books are created equal. That being … [Read more...]

Best Books I Read in 2014

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One of my goals for 2014 was to read 40 books. Thanks to several read-alouds with the kids, I was able to meet that goal but just barely. This week I hope to share my goals for 2015, which will include my new reading goal, but today, I want to share some of the best books I read this year. (For all the books I read this year, check out my "Books I've Read in 2014" board.) If you need some book suggestions, here are my 8 favorite books I read in 2014. I hope they will spark in you a desire to … [Read more...]

Great Books to Give Children for Christmas {Guest Post}

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Unlike toys that break and lose their appeal after a few days, great books will stay with a child from the cradle to the grave. I'm over at Year Round Homeschool today, sharing some great books to give your children (or the children in your life) for Christmas or any time of the year. From my post: Growing up I didn’t care for dolls or toys at all really. Give me a book and I was the happiest kid on the block. I vividly remember the Christmas my aunt gave me Little Women, unabridged. … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Day Books for Children

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I'm over at Year Round Homeschooling today sharing some of our favorite Thanksgiving Day books for children. Here's an excerpt from my post: Every year I anticipate Thanksgiving. It's easily my favorite holiday of the year because of the message of thankfulness and gratitude it brings forth -- qualities my husband and I are trying to instill in our children. Thanksgiving is also the perfect time to share with our children the early history of our nation's birth with the arrival of the … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Activities for the Family

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This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more details. Thanksgiving has really snuck up on us this year! As my children get older, I want to share with them not only the historical significance of Thanksgiving, but also the spiritual beauty this holiday has to offer and what makes it my very favorite time of the year. This year we are focusing on gratitude and contentment because, honestly, we've had a good deal of grumbling & complaining around here -- myself being … [Read more...]

Our Charlotte Mason/Classical 1st Grade Reading List

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As I mentioned in this post about our revised 1st grade curriculum, the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling is playing a major role in how we're learning this year. In particular, we're reading lots of living books. What is a living book? Simply put, a "living book" is a book that makes the subject come alive. Think the opposite of your typical school text book, which is dry, dull, unimaginative, full of facts but not apt to draw you in to the topic and leave you thirsting for … [Read more...]

How to Encourage Good Reading Habits in Kids

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I'm a book nerd. Reading is my favorite pastime and slowly my girls are also claiming it as their own. One way to encourage healthy reading habits in children, I've learned, is to let your child see you reading. Even though you may have many (or even all of your) books on an electronic device, there's something about holding a physical book in your hands that provides a visual example to your child that reading is important to you. Try to make it a point to read from an actual book each day … [Read more...]